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In roughly the past half-decade, Microsoft went from nowhere to overwhelming dominance of text editors with VSCode, ownership of majority of code hosting (and open source dev) with GitHub, ownership of the dependency stack used by most devs with npm, control over the most popular single language with TypeScript, and is trying to position copilot and ChatGPT as inevitable parts of the future dev process. Nothing negative for the ecosystem will come of this, as the last half century teaches us.

One of the things I'm finding so interesting about large language models like GPT-3 and ChatGPT is that they're pretty much the world's most impressive party trick

All they do is predict the next word based on previous context. It turns out when you scale the model above a certain size it can give the false impression of "intelligence", but that's a total fraud

It's all smoke and mirrors! The intriguing challenge is finding useful tasks you can apply them to in spite of the many, many footguns

"Ich habe zu schnell gehandelt. Ja. Das war's." Interview von Matthias Sander mit He Jiankui, dem chinesischen Biophysiker, der 2018 die Welt mit der Erschaffung von drei genmanipulierten Babys schockierte.
#HeJiankui #bioethics

♫ it's the i of the tiger, with a g to the right
Risin' up to the challenge of a vowel
And the last two letters are an e and an r
And the t is in front of the iiiiii
of the tiger ♫

2019: big petition in the #machineLearning community to allow remote presentations at scientific conferences

2020-21: ML conferences are virtual-only

2022: several major in-person conferences are super-spreader events

2023: "at least one author of each accepted paper must attend to present their work in person"

I know the virtual formats were less than ideal, but I can't blame junior researchers who are torn between flying halfway across the globe for a conference and harming their career.

When we talk about and inclusiveness at research/academic events:

As session chair or moderator, please learn how to the of the speakers! Apologizing for having no idea or for clearly wrong pronunciation is not a valid solution

When the room is equipped with a , please use it! No, your “loud voice” is not enough — and it will not last for very long, anyway

My colleague, John F. Hughes, got asked for a paper that he hadn't written. The correspondent replied: "I used the chat.openai to gather new sources that I might have missed during my own scan of literature".

(I know librarians are being driven bonkers by GPT-3-manufactured book titles. But this is the first time I've heard of an academic paper request…)

@jesseabe For me personally (I don’t think there are many who’d agree), some foundational texts for are:

- Granger, Gilles-Gaston (1967). Pensée formelle et sciences de l'homme. Paris: Aubier-Montaigne. [There is an English translation, which I’d avoid if you can read the original.]

- Гладкий, А. В., & Мельчук, И. А. (1969). Элементы математической лингвистики. Москва: Наука. [There are French, German, and English translations.]

- Leff, Gordon (1972). Models inherent in history. In T. Shanin (Ed.), The Rules of the Game (pp. 148–160). Abingdon: Tavistock.

- Stachowiak, Herbert (1973). Allgemeine Modelltheorie. Wien, New York: Springer.

- Gardin, Jean-Claude (1991). Le calcul et la raison. Paris: Éd. de l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales.

- Moles, Abraham A. (1995). Les sciences de l'imprécis. Paris: Seuil.

- Gardin, J. (2012). Modèles et récits. In J. Berthelot (Ed.), Épistémologie des sciences sociales (pp. 407–454). Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

- Meunier, Jean-Guy (2014). Humanités numériques ou computationnelles. Sens public.

This is fascinating! The Braille Institute has developed a font - free to download - that's designed to be clearer for readers with lower vision.

An example of one of the aspects of low legibility that they tackled attached.

It's named Atkinson Hyperlegible. Atkinson was the Institute's founder -

Here's where you can read about the font and download it:


Via @tombofnull

My 7-year-old does not understand the “Hello Computer” joke from A Voyage Home. You can just talk to computers now… it’s no longer funny. (Unrelated: I’m old.)

#Atari - wichtig für meine "Ichwerdung" ;)

@gisiger hat mich mit einem Blogbeitrag (vom November 22) gerade daran erinnert. Bei Schnee und Sturm habe ich meinen ersten Atari nach Hause getragen...

Joseph #Weizenbaum wäre am 8.1.2023 hundert Jahre alt geworden. Lesenswerte Würdigung im #tagesspiegel


The SNSF, it appears from the reaction of spokesman Florian Fisch, does not think this construction deserves a beauty prize either: “Yes, publishing an article in your own publishing house is not the best scientific practice, there is a conflict of interests.” The SNSF was aware of this, but it was not against the rules. “The SNSF therefore sought written confirmation from the publisher [that was Rossi, ed.] that it would seek the opinion of an independent expert, from someone who had no relationship with the publisher and the grant applicant [that was Rossi, ed.]. The expert's opinion was considered independent, based on a plausibility check by the SNSF.”

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“De SNSF, blijkt uit de reactie van woordvoerder Florian Fisch, vindt ook niet dat deze constructie de schoonheidsprijs verdient: ‘Ja, een artikel publiceren in je eigen uitgeverij is niet de beste wetenschappelijke praktijk, dan is er sprake van belangenverstrengeling.’ De SNSF was zich daarvan bewust, maar het was niet tegen de regels. ‘De SNSF heeft daarom een schriftelijke bevestiging gevraagd van de uitgever [dat was Rossi, red.] dat deze het oordeel van een onafhankelijke expert zou vragen, van iemand die geen relatie had met de uitgever en de beursaanvrager [dat was Rossi, red.]. Het oordeel van de expert vond men onafhankelijk, op basis van een plausibility check door de SNSF.’”

h/t @mssprovenance

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